When you had the whole of DC on TV saying, don’t worry hedgies, er we mean, don’t worry America, the market will be fine because we will do absolutely anything to keep the market up? It wasn’t so hard to say, Buy.
And a few weeks later when the Speaker of the House went on CNN of all places and said, and we almost-quote here, “well, now we know the market has a floor”, referring to SPY220 where the market bottomed out? We felt fairly secure in our Buy Bigly call.
You know what’s been tough? Not 2020. 2021. 2021 has been tough. First up, the whole of tech swooned in March after first hitting all time highs in February. Then, just as you thought it was going to be OK, it hit the deck again in May, hard. Normally unswervable in our commitment, we can point to one shameful May 2021 cope-post in that same Growth Investor Pro service when we said, hm, this be getting rough, may have to bail out to like 20% cash soon. Fortunately the market was so bad that day that it was plain funny and everything was so absurdly cheap that we didn’t sell, got over ourselves, and have happily leaned Portnoy ever since, to the benefit of our brokerage accounts and future retirements.
You know what kept us safe this year, taking us to new highs in the picks in our pay services? Yes yes, we can spot a good company at 1000 paces, we can read a chart pretty good, and we never bet the farm, usually manage risk, all that, you know, the day job. But over and above that - we had a Fed-whisperer in our midst.
Specifically, we have a subscriber, runs the Federal Reserve channel in our free grownups-only stocks board, Cestrian Stock Symposium. Knows their stuff on the rates side. Used to trade ‘em for a living, now does something more relaxing as a result of all that trading. And their line all year has been: taper? What taper?
In short - our in-house view on Fed matters all year has been that the Fed will ease not harm equities this year.
When the 10-year bond yield shot up to 1.75%, the market said that the Fed will be forced to taper and raise rates imminently due to high inflation data. However, our Fed Whisperer believed the conditions for tapering were still unmet, as inflation was likely transitory and the labor market conditions were not strong enough yet, predicting tapering to be Q4 or Q1 22. No doubt our Whisperer will be wrong one day. But in 2021 to date? Hit it out of the park.
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Cestrian Capital Research, Inc - 22 September 2021.